Families are invited to join in the fun and discover science as part of British Science Week.
An action packed day of scintillating science is in store for curious young minds as part of Discovery Day at Aberdeen Science Centre, Satrosphere to conclude British Science Week.
Discovery Day will draw the programme of events for British Science Week 2015, supported by the British Science Association, in Aberdeen to its exciting conclusion with a day of informal, fun and interactive activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Visitors can get involved with a range of activities from making 3D selfies to dissecting owl pellets this Saturday (March 21) from 10am until 4pm.
Highlights include the chance to see sparks fly in an electrifying show by Dr Ken Skeldon from The University of Aberdeen, listen as University of Aberdeen’s award-winning microscopist and photographer, Kevin MacKenzie explains how he captures stunning images using microscopes and join the ComputerXplorers Team to use the latest Lego technology to build and programme amazing creatures.
Bring the whole family along to discover science that's going on all around us"
Dr Heather Doran
Dr Heather Doran of the University of Aberdeen’s Public Engagement with Research Unit said “British Science Week has been a roaring success but the fun hasn’t stopped yet! Bring the whole family along to discover science that’s going on all around us, mingle with University of Aberdeen scientists and get involved in interactive activities at Discovery Day.”
Discovery Day costs £1 to attend, under 3s go free. The full programme of events at Discovery Day can be found at
Notes for Editors
Programme of shows, talks and exhibits:
Aberdeen City Council: Have your views heard and ask questions about the exciting new City Centre master plan (10:00 – 16:00. Exhibition floor)
Arcs & Sparks Show: Witness the amazing power of electricity in this high voltage show! Created by the University of Aberdeen (12:30 – show theatre)
Biophysics for Beginners: How do plants change the sun’s energy into food? Find out this and much more with researchers from the University of Aberdeen (13:00 and 15:30 –lab)
City Rangers: Choose your native tree and compete against other trees to become the tallest, most majestic or fruitful tree using the resources every tree needs to grow, flower, produce seeds and defend itself against harmful creatures. In the end their can only be one King of the Forest! (10:00 – 16:00. Exhibition floor)
Crowdinfo: Take part in a live experiment with Crowdinfo the recently developed queuing app with a team of researchers from the University of Aberdeen. The app suggests to the participant in real-time a result about how busy a place is. (10:00 – 16:00. Exhibition floor)
Lego Robots: Use the latest Lego robotics technology to build and programme amazing creatures that use motors, gears and wheels. (10:00 – 16:00 – Einstein Room. Drop in)
Maritime Museum: Oil platforms come in lots of shapes and sizes but they all have to be strong to cope with the demands of the North Sea. In this construction challenge make a model of an oil platform using only newspaper and sticky tape. Handle and try on objects from Aberdeen Maritime Museum’s Oil and Gas collection (10:00 – 16:00. Exhibition floor)
Micro Art: Seeing Is Believing: Kevin Mackenzie, microscopist and photographer, looks at life under the microscope. Kevin will present a selection of images, including some everyday objects, and will discuss how some of the samples were prepared before being captured under an optical and electron microscopes (11:00 and 14:00 – show theatre)
North East Biodiversity Partnership: The North East Biodiversity Partnership will be offering an insight into the secret world of mammals, through the medium of camera traps. Find out how we have been able to record a range of species from the tiny Pygmy Shrew to the playful Pine Marten. (10:00 – 16:00. Exhibition floor)
OPAL: Come on a creepy adventure and let OPAL (Open Air Laboratories) help you identify some bugs. (10:00 – 16:00. Exhibition floor)
Photosynthesis –And Why Light can Be The Bad Guy: Photosynthesis is a process essential for life to exist on earth. Scientists continue to study it and are discovering new things every day. Join Anna, a researcher from Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf and take park in an interactive presentation to learn more! (12:00 and 15:00 – show theatre)
Revolv3D: Try out out 3D scanner and learn more about the fascinating world of 3D printing. (10:00 – 16:00. Exhibition floor)
RSPB: Discover the smart solutions that owls use to survive. Dissect pellets, fascinate over feathers and be amazed by all things owl. (10:00 – 16:00. Exhibition floor)
Science Grrls: Meet some real life science super heroes, find out about their scientific super powers and make a pledge to save the world (10:00 – 16:00. Exhibition floor)
TAU Racing: See the TAU Racing formula style racing car and learn more about the team and the engineering of their vehicle (10:00 – 16:00. Exhibition floor)
TechFest An introduction to the fascinating world of engineering design. Develop your construction skills by producing your own K’Nex model. (10:00 – 16:00. Exhibition floor)
Waste Aware Aberdeen: Join the Recycling team and their pet worms for Discovery day! Come along and find out about how your food waste turns into compost! Discover the weird and wonderful world of worms. Join the team for some fun activities throughout the day all on the theme of composting! (10:00 – 16:00. Exhibition floor)
Wellcome Image Awards: See up close the fantastic winners of this year’s Wellcome Image Awards (10:00 – 16:00. Exhibition floor)
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18 March 2015